Here I am again, after having watched sixteen episodes of Fringe, which means I’m just four away from the end of season one, and from what I assume are answers of some sort? Maybe the type that’ll give me more questions? That seems to be the Fringe way so far.
All in all, though, I’m now more invested than ever, and I don’t just mean in the characters, though yes, there’s that. I’m more invested in the mythology, and for me, that’s a big bar to clear. I have been burned before, and burned badly.
Even back when I was around ten and way too young to be watching The X-Files, the mythology episodes were always my least favorite part of that show. They all had this vibe of – someday this will all make sense – and then it never, ever did. I don’t know if part of me always figured the whole thing wouldn’t add up, but I never loved the whole mythology arc of the series as much as people expected me to.
So far, I’m on the fence in regards to this aspect of Fringe, but I will admit I’m leaning towards enjoyment.
As for Peter and Olivia, it feels like even the setup – which is obvious – is back to going too slow. There are some episodes where their connection is clear, like the episode with the lights and the bomb. You know, the one with Peter’s whole “I’m not gonna die with you” and then 5 seconds later he came back to, basically, die with her, thing. And then there’s that weird vibe between Peter and Rachel, as if the show was trying not to go too fast with the OTP, and they thought having some flirty flirt between Peter and Olivia’s sister was a good way to put the main ship on pause.
Which, no. Just no. Save me from even having to think about Peter and Rachel again, please.
My favorite thing about this last string of episodes, though, might have been the discovery of Olivia’s weird powers, and the matter of fact way the show takes everything that’s not just regular weird, but next level weird. Oh, Olivia was experimented on as a child and that gave her powers, that’s absolutely normal, what’s for dessert today? It’d be kind of hilarious, except I’m sure Olivia’s powers are going to become a huge plot point later on. It’s not the kind of thing you introduce if you are not gonna play around with it.
That’s without even going into my absolute certainty that something weird also happened to Peter as a kid, and that absolutely everything that happens on this show will end up having a tie to Walter, because of course it will.
But hey, next time I check in with you I’ll be done with season one, and this feels like the kind of show that will just throw a big curveball at me at the end of the first season.
I CAN’T WAIT.
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